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 Post subject: BRB's Spring Tour 2003
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 2:08 am 
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Article from The Herald.

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Since Iain and Rory Mackay both fetched up in the same dance company - Birmingham Royal Ballet - they've found themselves answering the same questions over and over again.

Questions such as: "Isn't it weird, working beside your brother?" Or the half-jolly, half-needling: "Who's better?"

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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2003 2:11 am 
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Review in The Edinburgh Evening News.

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But there are still those specialising in the original, more conventional form, such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, whose two alternating shows at the Festival Theatre next week illustrate the way that classical dance is fighting back.

On the one hand, there’s what might be considered the "safe" option of Coppélia, a family-friendly fairytale classic in a production originally created by the company’s revered director Sir Peter Wright before his retirement.
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I was supposed to be nipping down to Edinburgh to see Coppelia , but alas something has come up and i can't go now!!!


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Brummies of the dance
By Andrea Mullaney for The Scotsman

TUTUS, tights and tiaras: once you’ve grown out of the stage of wanting to be a princess when you grow up (or at least marry one), they don’t quite have the same appeal. Which leaves classical ballet with something of an image problem, since that’s kind of a prerequisite of the traditional dance form.

In recent years, modern dance has undergone something of a boom, especially in Edinburgh, where the success of Dancebase and a string of visits by high-profile names like Mark Morris, Matthew Bourne and Scottish Dance Theatre have boosted its appeal.

The tormented split at Scottish Ballet over the move towards a modern programme also highlighted the feeling of some dance fans that the trend is moving away from the classical style.

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Turning fantasy into reality
By Jackie McGlone for Scotland on sunday

CARLOS ACOSTA is flying through the air with the greatest of ease, his beautiful body spinning like a top. There’s a huge grin on his face as he floats down to a spontaneous round of applause from fellow members of the Royal Ballet. David Bintley whispers: "Carlos is such a clown, but what a dancer."

The acclaimed choreographer and artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and I are wending our way from the staff canteen in London’s Royal Opera House. We pass the rehearsal rooms as Acosta shows off his ability to leap higher than any other male dancer on the planet. I want to spend the rest of the day gazing voyeuristically at him through the wall of glass, but Bintley has a ballet to make.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Way Out West and Coppélia
Preview by Kelly Apter for The Scotsman

The events of 11 September 2001 continue to have ramifications worldwide, with tiny ripples washing up on the most unlikely shores. While programming his company’s 2002/2003 season, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s artistic director, David Bintley, had an unpleasant realisation. Performances of the all-American triple-bill he had planned coincided with the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks - and with Balanchine’s Slaughter On 10th Avenue scheduled to appear, Bintley was understandably wary. The piece would have worked well with the remaining Way Out West programme: Jerome Robbins’s debut Fancy Free, choreographed in 1944 to Bernstein’s jaunty score and turned into a film (On The Town) shortly after; and another Balanchine work Western Symphony, a witty pastiche on the Wild West. As Bintley says: "We would have had gangsters, sailors and cowboys - that’s American history in one evening."

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Review from The Edinburgh Evening News.

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IF the thought of sitting through a whole performance of classical ballet makes your toes curl, but a small dose of it appeals, Way Out West could be the thing for you.

The three-part show, performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, mixes classical ballet with popular culture.

Devised as a tribute to American choreography, Way Out West centres on George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free. But first up is David Bintley’s Concert Fantasy, a classical piece with a score by Tchaikovsky that has a traditional English ballet feel, complete with white tutus and leotards.
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Review from The Scotsman.

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IN THE world of dance programming, mixed bills are notoriously less popular than full-length story ballets; both with companies who need to balance the books and audiences who gravitate towards the usual suspects - including the ever-popular Coppelia, which Birmingham Royal Ballet perform in the capital tonight and tomorrow. But, given the range offered by most triple-bills, and their ability to pretty much please all-comers, it’s a mystery why they don’t have full houses every night. And Way Out West, in particular, entertained the parts other dance programmes could only dream of reaching.
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Way out West, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
By Mary Brennan for The Herald

Okay - here's your starter for 10: what do sailors on the razzle, cowboys cutting loose, and tutu-ed ballerinas have in common? The answer - and a great night out - can be found in Birmingham Royal Ballet's triple bill which neatly celebrates Balanchine, ballet, and the American way of dance.

David Bintley's curtain-raiser, Concert Fantasy (2002), is like a glimpse into the Imperial Russian ballets of yesteryear - the tradition that Balanchine grew up in before he settled in America. Indeed, there are moments when Bintley cunningly arranges his corps of 12 couples in patterns reminiscent of Petipa or Ivanov, only to morph them into those glorious, energised tizzies of spikey arms'n'legs that Balanchine delighted in.

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Exquisite dancing gets to the point of story
By THOM DIBDIN for The Scotsman

WHAT a treat the Birmingham Royal Ballet have mustered up to finish off their short residency at the Festival Theatre.

This is big and bold traditional ballet, complete with lush tunes, chocolate box costumes and a set which could have dropped out of a fairy tale.

And while the orchestra gives power to the music, the principal dancers are to swoon over.

In fact, the trimmings for the whole ballet are created with the very best of cheesy and schmaltzy attention to old-fashioned detail.

Which is not to detract from them one jot. Nor is it to deny that the heart of this production is made strong by a company of superb and technically brilliant dancers.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet
Cowboys in ballet shoes save the best until last. By Kelly Apter for The Times

A young man stripped to his underpants, blood-soaked crucifixes and fake genitalia — indelible memories of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2002 visit. Last June, Carmina Burana hit the Festival Theatre like a brick through a window, opening our eyes to BRB’s extraordinary talent. A year later they’re back with a very different programme and, while nothing could match the sheer velocity of their last offering, Way Out West hits a no less satisfying spot.

Large-scale narrative ballets such as Coppélia (which BRB also performed later in the week at the Festival Theatre) can always pull a crowd, regardless of company reputation. But triple bills have to work a little harder, forced to deliver that old adage, “something for everyone”.

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Ballet to bring Beauty to life
By Lawrence Poole for Manchester online

THE Lowry is to bring one of the most famous fairy tales to life later this month, when the Birmingham Royal Ballet comes to town.

Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora who is cursed by wicked fairy Carabosse, after she is rejected as a godmother.

The princess is thus fated to prick her finger on a spindle and sleep for a hundred years.

Enter a prince, who sees a vision of a palace frozen in time and a young maiden hidden amidst an enchanted forest.

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